Rams RB Steven Jackson Not Worried About Sore Hip

St. Louis running back Steven Jackson plans on playing in the Rams’ second preseason game, even though he’s missed most of the last two practices because of a sore hip.

Jackson said Wednesday the injury is trivial and that trainers are just being cautious. He plans on fully participating in Thursday’s practice.

Jackson joked that he was hurt “getting out of bed, man,” followed by his trademark guffaw, then amended that evaluation to “general soreness.”

Coach Steve Spagnuolo said Jackson, who’s coming off his sixth straight 1,000-yard season and second Pro Bowl nod, told him during the morning walkthrough that he wanted to try to play.

“His mindset is he’d like to get some plays in,” Spagnuolo said. “But we’ll see.”

This preseason is a bigger deal than usual for Jackson because he’s learning new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ system. Jackson totaled nine carries for 42 yards in the 2010 preseason but said he’d like to play as long as the first string goes in Saturday night’s game against the Tennessee Titans.

“We’re all fairly new to it so you just want to make sure you’re executing the plays and doing the things coach McDaniels wants,” Jackson said.

Last week, the Rams had a big day offensively without Jackson, scoring on six of their first seven possessions in a 33-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Quarterback Sam Bradford ended up taking 24 snaps after staying in to finish a 14-play scoring drive at the start of the second quarter.

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